Fine Gael Kildare South TD and Minister Martin Heydon has confirmed that 5 Schools in County Kildare are being informed today that they have been selected for inclusion in the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Programme to support walking and cycling infrastructure for primary and post-primary schools.


“This is a great boost for these 5 Kildare schools who are being included in the first round of this important scheme which aims to create safer walking and cycling routes within communities, alleviate congestion at the school gates and increase the number of students who walk or cycle to school by providing walking and cycling facilities.


The Selected Schools are:


  • Monasterevin Convent National School, Drogheda Street, Monasterevin
  • St. Bridig’s Primary School, Grey Abbey Road, Kildare Town
  • Straffan National School, The Glebe Straffan, Naas
  • Holy Child N.S. Ballycane, Naas
  • Presentation Girls School Main Street, Maynooth


“The schools selected were assessed against a range of criteria including school type, location and the school’s commitment to sustainable travel. Schools that have applied this year and who have not been included in the first round of funding will not be required to reapply as they will be included in the programme on a rolling basis. There will be no additional call for schools to join the SRTS programme at this time.”


“This announcement today is a significant step in encouraging young people to use more sustainable modes of transport, particularly when going to school and it is clear from the level of interest in the Safe Routes to School programme that schools throughout Kildare are committed to finding new and creative ways of walking and cycling to school safely” concluded Minister Heydon.